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Kiwifruit isn’t just a fruit, it’s one of nature’s most perfect foods.

Kiwifruit has a history every bit as unusual as its appearance. Discovered in ancient China, the berry (which grows on vines like grapes) was known as Chinese gooseberry by the mid 1800s. The kiwi arrived in California in the early 1960s and was nicknamed “kiwifruit” because it was imported from New Zealand. Today, fewer than 300 family farms produce more than 98 percent of all the kiwifruit grown in the U.S. You can view a video about kiwifruit, how it’s grown and how to select, ripen and eat it at www.kiwifruit.org.

Nutritionally, kiwifruit packs a powerful wallop. Low in calories and naturally fat free, kiwifruit offers:

* Two and a half times the recommended daily allowance of immune system booster vitamin C.

* More fiber (in two kiwis) than a bowl of bran cereal.

Read how to get more fiber in your diet.

* More potassium than a banana.

* Nearly 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance of folate, a nutrient vital to fetal development and maternal health before, during and after pregnancy.

* Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that is found in just a handful of fat-free sources like kiwifruit.

The California Kiwifruit Commission offers a few helpful hints for enjoying kiwi:

* Kiwifruit should be smooth-skinned (but slightly prickly), without wrinkles, bruises or blemishes.

* Like many fruits and vegetables sold in supermarkets, kiwifruit come in varying stages of ripeness. When you plan to eat your kiwifruit will determine what degree of ripeness you choose. If you’ll be eating your kiwifruit after three or more days, choose fruit that are firm to the touch. If you plan to eat them in just a day or two, select softer fruit. If you want to eat your kiwifruit right away, choose ones that give easily when gently pressed.

* To eat your kiwifruit, practice “slooping.” First, slice the kiwi in half lengthwise, and then scoop out the sweet flesh with a spoon – slooping. You can receive a free slooper from the California Kiwifruit Commission by visiting their website.

* Kiwifruit are great in a wide variety of recipes and dishes, from delectable summer smoothies and fresh salads to pies, puddings and even cocktails.

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Super Bowl Snacks Recipes

I don’t normally share my google search history, but this one pretty much sums up everything I know about sports:

“When does the Super Bowl start?”
“Who is playing in the Super Bowl?
“Is Super Bowl one word or two?”

I do know a thing or two about food, though, so when game day rolls around I “participate” by making a few snacks. They’re equally delicious for true fans and those of us who aren’t paying attention to the screen at all. If you’re gearing up for game day this weekend and want to make real food versions of your tried-and-true favorites, give these recipes a try!

jalapeno poppers recipe

Jalapeno Poppers

Stuffed with cream cheese and cheddar, sprinkled with smoked paprika, and rolled up in bacon, these jalapeno poppers are simple to make and so delicious!

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Buffalo Wings

Spicy and smokey and perfect for dipping in homemade ranch dressing,  this buffalo wings recipe is one of my husbands favorite movie night/game day indulgences. We also love crispy baked chicken wings with teriyaki dipping sauce.

cauliflower pizza crust recipe

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

This simplified cauliflower pizza crust doesn’t require any pre-cooking, steaming, squeezing, or double back-handsprings. It takes only a few minutes of hands-on time and holds together beautifully!

salsa recipe

Restaurant-Style Salsa

This salsa recipe is easy to make and hard to resist. It’s bright, fresh flavor reminds me of my favorite childhood Tex-Mex restaurant. Link to my new favorite paleo tortilla chips in the post!

real food chocolate chip cookie recipe for game day snacks

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are grain-free and super chewy even without the addition of an egg, so if you run out of time in the kitchen just toss the dough on the living room table and let them dive in.

almond butter cups recipe

Salted Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Love Reese’s peanut butter cups but not the corn syrup solids, nonfat milk and tertiary butylhydroquinone Here’s a recipe for a healthy homemade version.

Fudgy Brownie Recipe

Rich and chewy, these fudgy brownies are one of my favorite recipes from Danielle of Against All Grain‘s most recent book.

Other Favorites

This queso dip from Food Renegade is pure awesomeness. Serve it with organic corn chips, grain-free tortilla chips or  homemade tortillas. If you want to skip the canned diced tomatoes and green chilies, make it from scratch using this recipe.

What’s your favorite game day snack?

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Sheet Pan Za'atar Chicken with Roasted Vegetables all made on a single pan with limited prep work!

Want a healthy and hearty dinner without all the work? This Tangy Za’atar Chicken with Veggies is made entirely on a sheet-pan for easy clean-up and quick cooking that the whole family can enjoy. Don’t forget the spicy yogurt sauce!

Want a healthy and hearty dinner without all the work? This Tangy Za'atar Chicken with Veggies is made entirely on a sheet-pan for easy clean-up and quick cooking that the whole family can enjoy. Don't forget the spicy yogurt sauce! #sheetpan #dinner

Long time no talk! Besides a few podcasts posts, I’ve taken the last 3 weeks off from blogging. Likely the longest I’ve ever gone in the last 6 years. I don’t have real reason for it other than to say that burnout is real and after a pretty hectic holiday season, I just needed a break. But I’m happy to report that after a few weeks off I’m feeling much better and excited to be back!

Despite things being silent over here, I have in fact been working hard behind the scenes. Tanya and I have been amping up the launch of some exciting new projects with Camp Wellness and I’ve also been taking some time to review old  THM posts and think about ways to create a more valuable space for you. It’s led me to take a walk down memory lane and review the over 1000 posts I’ve shared here on The Healthy Maven.

I’ve discovered many things along the way. Firstly, I’ve grown up A LOT since starting this space. It can be painful at times to read some of the things I’ve shared on the internet but also comforting to know I’m no longer the 23 year old living in her parent’s basement (true story). Second, the internet has changed about as much if not more than I have. While I still want to keep this space personal and share bits and pieces of my life, internet content has collectively shifted towards a more “value-first” mentality. I truly believe this is a good thing. So as much as I’d like to believe you care as much about my weird life anecdotes as you do about this Tangy Za’atar Chicken and Veggies I’m fairly certain the latter will win out.

Spicy Yogurt Sauce for drizzling on this easy sheet-pan dinner of Tangy Za'atar Chicken and veggies #sheetpan #dinner

There are three words responsible for this: Search Engine Optimization. New to SEO? It’s basically how to get to the first page of Google search results. This isn’t something I normally care too much about but I’d like to believe the recipes and other posts around here are pretty awesome and I’d like to have as many eyeballs as possible take them in. This means making sure that every post I create for you guys is as easy-to-read, organized and as clear as possible. A pretty solid goal if I say so myself.

It also means making sure recipes are made with ingredients you can get access to using techniques that are manageable and easy to achieve at home. To be fair, most of my recipes are pretty simple but it’s something that I am making a priority this year. And of course, it also means working with brands who I love and use and truly believe you will love and use as well. Stonyfield I’m looking at you!

Stonyfield Organic yogurt is drizzles over this easy sheet-pan dinner of tangy za'atar chicken and veggies #sheetpan #dinner

Which brings me to today’s recipe for an easy Sheet-Pan Dinner. What is a sheet-pan dinner you ask? It’s pretty much as simple as it sounds: a recipe that can be entirely cooked on a single sheet pan. Yes, that means your whole meal only requires one cooking sheet and can be done entirely in one run in the oven.

The Tangy Yogurt dressing of course requires one other bowl, but let’s be real, meals are all about the sauce and this one is no exception. I used the Stonyfield Organic Probiotic Yogurt for an extra dose of probiotics. Of course, yogurt naturally has probiotics but the newest whole milk yogurt has an added 1 billion of the culture BB-12. It’s brand new and now that it’s available you can easily swap it in for Stonyfield greek or your yogurt type of preference. I mean who doesn’t want an extra healthy gut?!

But before I drop the recipe here are a few details to know about this sheet-pan dinner:

How to Make this Tangy Za’atar Chicken and Veggies

  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are preferred but not necessary. We ended up using boneless chicken thighs in this version (to test) and it turned out great.
  • Feel free to replace the squash and brussels sprouts with other veggies if you have different preferences.
  • Good quality za’atar is key. We like this version.
  • Don’t skimp on the yogurt! The tanginess mixed with the spices makes for a delicious dressing. We had leftovers and added it to recipes all week long.

Let’s get cooking…

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Sheet Pan Dinner: Tangy Za’atar Chicken with Veggies

Want a healthy and hearty dinner without all the work? This Tangy Za'atar Chicken with Veggies is made entirely on a sheet-pan for easy clean-up and quick cooking that the whole family can enjoy. Don't forget the spicy yogurt sauce!
  • Author: Jess @ The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs, bone in skin on preferred (about 2lbs)
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup za’atar spice blend
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup of Stonyfield yogurt
  • ¼ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp hot sauce

To Serve:

  • 4 medjool dates
  • 4 handfuls of arugula
  • 1 handful parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Place cubed squash and brussels sprouts on a sheet pan and toss with oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Nestle the chicken thighs into the veggies and coat with a little oil. Sprinkle the za’atar over the sheet pan, making sure to focus on coating the chicken thighs. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Place in the oven and roast for about 40 min. If you use boneless, skinless chicken thighs they will take only about 20 min to cook through. Simply remove them and continue to cook the vegetables for the remainder of the time.
  5. While the chicken and vegetables cook, prepare the yogurt sauce.
  6. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper and set to the side. The yogurt can be made ahead and left the fridge.
  7. Slice the dates, pick and wash the parsley leaves, wash the arugula.
  8. Once the squash is caramelized, the brussels sprouts are crispy and the chicken skin is nice and golden, remove from the oven. Sprinkle with the dates and parsley.
  9. Serve with the arugula and yogurt sauce.

Cook your entire meal in one go with this sheet-pan dinner for Tangy Za'atar Chicken and Veggies. An easy take on a classic Mediterranean dish your whole family will enjoy #sheetpan #dinner #zaatar

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Stonyfield. I was compensated for my time, however all opinions expressed are 100% my own. I’m so excited for our partnership and appreciate all your support for THM.

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